Couple in bed, Chicago

Nan Goldin, Couple in bed, Chicago, 1977 Dye destruction print, Cibachrome © Nan Goldin

Before and Behind the Lens

Photography, discussions and themed tours

1.1 2017 – 31.12 2019


Take a walk through the history of photography and discover its many styles and transformations. Experience photography in exhibitions, artist talks and guided tours, in Before and Behind the Lens.

Before and Behind the Lens examines the role of photographic images in art and the transformation of the medium since the early experiments with new technology in the 19th century, to today’s explorations of the potential of the optical lens.


Arthur Jafa: A Series OF Utterly Improbable, yet Extraordinary Renditions (Featuring Ming Smith, Frida Orupabo and Missylanyus)
29 June–8 September 2019

Gilbert & George: The Great Exhibition
9 February–12 May 2019

Written in Light – Early Photography
26 May 2018–13 January 2019 at Moderna Museet Malmö

Gerard Byrne – Jielemeguvvie guvvie sjisjnjeli – Film inside an Image
8 April–3 September 2017

Written in Light – The First Photographers
8 April–3 September 2017

Golden Sunset
24 March 2017–7 January 2018

Loulou Cherinet
11 March–10 September 2017

Moderna Museet collection 2018. Installation view
Moderna Museet collection 2018. Installation view Francesca Woodman, Providence, Rhode Island, 1975–1977 © Woodman Family Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Tuija Lindström, The Hand, 1983 and Mirja, 1983 © Tuija Lindström. Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

Photography in the Collection

Irving Penn
April–August 2019
Read more: More Irving Penn!

Diane Arbus
December 2018–August 2019

Henri Cartier-Bresson
November 2018–August 2019
A selection of black-and-white photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson next to Apollon (1953) by Henri Matisse.
Read more: New presentation: Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Düsseldorf School – Modern Photography from Germany
May 2018–March 2019
Works by Bernd och Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, Michael Schmidt, Frank Thiel.

Close Encounters – Nan Goldin with Friends
December 2017–May 2018
Works by Larry Clark, JH Engström, Nan Goldin, Anders Petersen.
Read more: Photography project continues

Staged Photography – Cindy Sherman and the Postmodern
November 2017–March 2019
Works by Annika von Hausswolff, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, David Robbins, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall.

Angels and Demons – From Francesca Woodman to Cindy Sherman
March 2017–March 2018
Works by Tuija Lindström, Sally Mann, Duane Michaels, Cindy Sherman, Martha Wilson, Francesca Woodman.

Photo-Based – Contemporary Nordic Photography and Film
October 2017–March 2018
Works by Elina Brotherus, Maria Hedlund, Ulf Lundin, Nelli Palomäki.

Search the collection

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Themed guided tours

The themed guided tour of ”Photography and Art: photo-based art from the 1980s to today” guides you through the history of photography. Admission free, no booking. In Swedish.

Time and date: Calendar: Guided Tour

Discussions and film screenings